Biden Calls For The Immediate Release Of Who?

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( – President Biden has called for Niger President Mohamed Bazoum and his family following their arrest by the military takeover led by Gen. Abdourahmane Tchiani which resulted in Bazoum’s arrest. Tchiani was also declared the country’s head of state.

On Thursday morning Biden issued a statement calling for the immediate release of Bazoum and his family and for the restoration of democracy in Niger. He added that the people of Niger had the right to select who they wanted as their leader, and in Niger’s first peaceful democratic election in 2021, Bazoum was elected as the country’s leader. This was the first democratic transition of government since the country became independent from France.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of State ordered that the U.S. embassy in the country be partially evaluated with all non emergency U.S. government personnel and their families being called to leave the country. The U.S. embassy will still be open for certain emergency cases and services.

The Biden administration has so far not called the military takeover a “coup” as there is still humanitarian and economic support of around $200 million in the country. Africa at the U.S. Institute of Peace senior adviser Kamissa Camara further advised that abstaining from referring to it as a coup would allow for communications channels with the country to remain open.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken noted that the assistance provided to the country depended on the continuation of democracy and that it was now at risk because of the military actions that were taken in the past few days.

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